waved down some cops to help her with it.A frantic Stamford woman recently pulled into the Darien Police station parking lot and
Norwalk police just issued an alert to residents after eight recent reports about it.
Police in Darien, Greenwich, Milford and other towns have each had to deal with it on multiple occasions, and now U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide a little help to local law enforcement.
The problem: A phone scammer who tells a victim that a close relative is being held for ransom after a car accident. Money is demanded immediately, to be wired to an anonymous account, and the victim had better not get off the line -- or else. The caller has a Spanish accent. Police can't trace the phone number.
Murphy, according to a news release from his office, "sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation to ask the agency to immediately alert the public
about a telephone scam occurring in
Connecticut and around the United States. Murphy urged the FBI to
publish the details of this fraud using the Internet Crime Complaint
Center (IC3) network so that state and local authorities can be on the
“People should be immediately alerted of these malicious telephone scams,” Murphy said in the news release.
In his letter to FBI Director James Comey Jr., Murphy wrote: "Connecticut’s working families, immigrant
communities and senior citizens appear to be the targets of this
insidious activity, and our state’s law enforcement could use any help
that you might be able to
provide in seeing that no more Connecticut residents are tricked out of
their hard-earned money."
Milford police, Greenwich police and, most recently, Norwalk police have advised people on what they can do to avoid the scam or avoid being taken in by it.